Saturday, May 19, 2012

19-5-2012 Drug smuggling rising along India-Myanmar border

By Indo Asian News Service | IANS India Private Limited
Aizawl, May 19 (IANS) Smuggling of narcotics and other drugs has been increasing along the unfenced India-Myanmar border, Mizoram Chief Minister lal Thanhawla said here Saturday.

"To tackle the menace of drug trafficking, smuggling of other goods and infiltration, the central government must fence the entire India-Myanmar border and tighten security," he told T.K.A. Nair, advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

An official statement said: "The chief minister told Nair that after ensuring security, border trade, business and various other economic activity must be initiated between Myanmar and India. Then illegal activity will be curved automatically."

Ahead of the prime minister's visit to Myanmar, Nair accompanied by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Director General lt. Gen Ravi Shankar had visited Myanmar's border with Manipur and Mizoram.

India and Myanmar share an unfenced and mountainous border of 1,643 km covering the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Nagaland(215 km), Manipur (398 km) and Mizoram (510 km).